Top Trail:  Blackwood River Tourist Drive


Winding bush drives, lush orchards, quaint towns, tall jarrah and marri forests and spectacular scenery are just some of the attractions of the Blackwood River Tourist Drive. Following the splendid Blackwood River this trail takes you through some of Western Australia’s most picturesque farm country.



About the Trail

An easy 1.5 hours drive from Margaret River (via Brockman Highway) to Nannup, this beautiful region is a hub for some of the State’s best trails and is the ideal place to base yourself for a few days to explore the south west.

Paddle on the Blackwood River, or hire a bike and ride on the Old Timberline Trail.  Camp overnight and return to Nannup via the Old Sidings Trail which makes up a 37 kilometre loop.

For a very Australian experience, stay at the old timber mill town of Donnelly River Village where kangaroos and emus abound.  A 16 kilometre hike (one way) on the Bibbulmun Track will take you to Tom Road campsite nestled in the karri forest where you can stay for the night.

From Bridgetown it’s a short and very pleasant scenic drive through to Boyup Brook, also situated on the edge of the mighty Blackwood River.

Bridgetown and Balingup are great places to explore interesting shops, frequent the pubs, dine, or stroll on the Oak Grove Trail before heading back to the picture-postcard village of Nannup or down south to the tall timber country.

You may wish to hire a car in Perth, or travel by public transport bus to Bunbury and hire a car to drive to the Balingup.

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